Looking to buy in a face mask in the Newcastle region? With COVID-19 cases increasing in Australia, health authorities are now advising people to wear masks in hot spots. Here in the region, we’ve had COVID cases visiting locations in Port Stephens, Toronto, Wallsend, Jesmond and Lambton. More than ever, it makes sense to #Maskup.
We’ve put together a list of places where you can purchase reusable cloth masks in Newcastle, Lake Macquarie & Hunter (and a few on the Central Coast). We’ve also included instructions on how to make your own face cloth masks at home.
DISCLOSURE: Please note the masks listed in this article are not medical-grade masks and not guaranteed to protect against COVID-19. These masks are not a replacement for medical-grade Personal Protective Equipment, but rather are personal use masks. We understand that cloth masks are not as effective as medical masks. However, cloth masks have been demonstrated to reduce transmission of micro-organisms, and with correct fit and use, cloth masks can be effective in offering some protection to droplet transmission from coughing and sneezing.
Two layers or three layers? Currently, health officials recommending a mask of three layers of a mix of breathable fabrics to ensure adequate protection. However, they accept that any face mask or covering is better than none. Check out the tips on choosing a reusable mask from Dr Jessica Stokes-Parish from the University of Newcastle at the end of the article.
Are you making and selling reusable cloth face masks in Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and the Hunter? Please email us with your details if you wish to be included on our list.
*** PLEASE NOTE THAT DUE TO HIGH DEMAND, PRICES & STOCK LEVELS MAY CHANGE AND THERE MAY BE A BACKLOG IN FULFILLING MASK ORDERS ***
Alie Jane Travel Accessories & Designs
Alie Jane is selling double layer face masks which are a cotton and linen blend with elastic ear loops. Her store is located on Hunter Street in Newcastle but she also sells face masks through her Etsy shop for $45 each.
Ascension Custom Creations
Ascension Custom Creations on the Central Coast are creating reusable face masks. They come in different sizes: Mens, Ladies/teen, 7 to 12 child and 3 to 6 child. Price is $10 each with a pocket for a disposable filter. Send a message via Facebook page to order.
Aware. The social design project
The fair trade shop in Belmont, Aware. The social design project, a fair trade shop in Belmont is stocking reusable face masks. These are made by Global Mamas, a World Fair Trade Organization accredited product which has the mission of creating prosperity for African women and their families. Prices are $5 for children and $8 for adults.
Class of 84 Clothing
Newcastle-based swimwear company Class of 84 are producing three-layer face masks for adults and kids. Their masks have a Polyester outer layer, the inner layer is a mix of cotton and silk for comfort and antibacterial properties. Plus a removable filter that gives a third level of protection. Price is $24.95 for kids’ masks and $29.95 for adult masks. Please note: due to the high demand, these masks will be shipped in mid-August.
Cotton On is selling cotton face masks for $9.99. You can buy them online as they are currently out of stock at Kotara, Charlestown, Glendale, Tuggerah and Bateau Bay. However, check with your local store to see if they are expecting additional stock.
Create Moore is pre-selling fabric washable masks with a print or picture of your choice sublimated on them. They will be $10 each with free postage within Australia. Each mask will come with a disposable filter if it has a filter pocket OR non-filter 3 layer mask. Send a message via Facebook page to order.
Creative Village in Charlestown Store has released reusable face masks in their store. They will be online later this week.
Fashion Fish in Hillsborough Road, Warners Bay have created super soft and comfortable, double-layer masks with quality 100% chlorine proof outer and a soft lightweight sports micro-polyester inner. Price is $20. You can find them at 11/301 Hillsborough Rd (at the very top of Hillsborough Rd near Reece Plumbing). Showroom hours are currently 9am – 5pm Monday – Thursday but subject to change.
Fever Dream in Mayfield is stocking face masks. However, they are selling fast. You can visit Fever Dream at 406 Maitland Road, Mayfield. Check first to ensure they have face masks in stock.
Check out local Etsy shop Flequitos. They produce double-layer cotton mask to fit older children, teens and adults, these masks are comfortable, breathable and can be washed and reused. They feature polyester Interface between the two fabrics. Price is $18 with free delivery.
Local company Fleurette Aromatherapy is taking orders for reusable 3-layer cotton face masks. These will be available soon and come in noir (black) and rouge (red) for $19.95 each. These are handmade in Australia and available with OR without a wire for your comfort. It comes with a complimentary drawstring laundry bag for your used face mask. (Fleurette Aromatherapy also produces purse-sized 100ml hand sanitiser gel scented with essential oils which is available to purchase).
Grit and Glitter Handmade
Grit and Glitter Handmade in Fletcher are selling a 3-pack of reusable cotton 3-layer face masks for $20. Also, offering reusable face masks for kids.
JettProof Calming Sensory Clothing
JettProof Face Masks are Australian made and have been designed for comfort. They are manufactured from their unique Calmtex sensory soft sports fabric with 3 layers. The masks are breathable, soft behind the ears and available in a variety of colours. Available in adult and kid sizes. Price is $16.95.
Kahibah Bakery are selling reusable three-layer face masks for $15 each.
LUSH Beauty Hair Tanning
LUSH Beauty Hair Tanning in Bonnells Bay are selling face masks for $15. Advised that they will available in a few days.
Based on the Central Coast, Malu Dreamer will be soon releasing triple layer face masks with insert inclusion. They will come in 3 sizes: small, medium and large. Price is $15. Order via Etsy page.
Minimermaid Clothing is producing reusable masks using using two layers of cotton (predominately vintage) and cotton calico.They also have a pocket for extra filters. Price is $18 plus postage. Message the page to order.
Check out local Etsy shop Nanuda Made. They produce face masks from 100% upcycled cotton friendly to your face and the earth and CDC approved design! Price is $18 with free delivery.
Norwex stocks a reusable face mask made with Norwex Window Cloth microfibre for $16.50. Contact your local Norwex consultant to purchase.
OPAAT Health in Nelson Bay is stocking reusable masks. There store is located near the Nelson Bay Cinema. Masks are quality fabric, 3 layers with the inside closest to face being flannelette. They stock children sizes as well. Face masks are $15 each and made to order and can post for a flat fee of $10 postage for any amount.
Patricia Jay of Studio Paris the Label currently has a large variety of coloured/patterned 3-layered cotton face masks. Featuring shapeable wiring for your nose ensuring a super snuggly fit & a stretchy, soft elastic that should sit comfortably around your ears. They are all reusable & washable designs.
Due to CovidSafe company policies, pickup will be temporarily unavailable & direct debit is the preferred payment method. Patricia can arrange contactless delivery via post or in urgent circumstances, alternative arrangements can be discussed. To place your orders, pricing info or to browse a variety of styles, follow @studio_exxhale on Instagram & direct message Patricia or email via email@example.com
Lake Macquarie company Performance Fabrics is selling the See it SAFE® Antimicrobial Face Mask. Their latest See it SAFE® mask has 3 layers including a pocket for an optional filter, and is permanently antimicrobial for life, washable and reusable. It is highly breathable and kills micro-organisms within minutes. It has head and neck elastic for a more secure fitting and comes with spare nose strips and filters and a foam comfort nose strip to help stop your glasses steaming up. Each mask is individually packaged with technical information and wash instructions. Their fabrics are Oeko-Tex 100 certified to contain no harmful substances, just pure silver registered by the EPA. Having supplied NSW Health with See it SAFE® fabric products for nearly 20 years, they are confident that their mask is the highest specification ‘non-medical’ mask available in Australia. RRP $24.99, currently on sale at $18.99 or less for quantity.
Runamok Dancewear in Hunter Street Mall in Newcastle are making face masks. Contact them via their Facebook page for more information and to order.
Rundle Tailoring in Newcastle is producing handmade reversible cotton masks. They are made from a double layer of high quality 100% cotton quilting cloth. The mask has a wire nose bar to ensure it fits snug to your face and has been designed with fabric ties as these allow for adjustment to your face without being uncomfortable on your ears. They have a selection of masks available to purchase in-store for $15 per mask or they can post them out to you. Postage is free for orders of three or more face masks. If you are interested in placing an order for face masks please call the shop on (02) 4940 8382 or by email.
Sharkskin in Beresfield are also making a selection of face masks including hydrophobic masks. Their masks have two layers and feature a pocket in which a filter may be added. Prices start from $26. Filters also sold at Sharkskin.
Shelbys Accessories are taking preorders for face masks. These masks are 100% cotton double layer face masks. They come in many prints and colours and are available in adult and kid sizes. Price is $10 for single mask or $40 for a 5 pack of cotton face masks. Note: if anyone is looking for work, Blair from Shelbys Accessories could use a hand with sewing and packing orders.
Sido Tailors at Jesmond Central, a small family-owned and operated store are selling cloth face masks for $5 each.
Sonny and Scout
Sonny and Scout based in Tighes Hill are selling 3-layer face masks with a pocket for an additional filter and come with ear loops. These masks are made as per state health guidelines: Outer layer is water-resistant polypropylene, the middle layer is poly/cotton and has a 100% cotton inner layer. They are available in 5 sizes including kids. All masks $25 each. To order, call or send an email.
The Little Mask Company
The Little Mask Company is based on the Central Coast and makes handmade reusable, three layer masks. Masks are $15 with postage $3. Send a Direct Message on their Instagram page to order.
Twitch and Stitch
Twitch and Stitch are selling handmade masks with a tailored design to sit comfortably on your face. Price is $15 each or 2 for $25. Different colours and patterns to choose from. Contact via Facebook to place an order. Free local delivery to Belmont, Warners Bay, Swansea, Eleebana, Jewells, Cardiff and surrounding areas. Postage available for other areas.
Upcycle Newcastle are making cloth masks for sale. They have Double layer ($12) – two layers of high thread count cotton; Triple Layer ($20) with one layer of silk (outer or middle layer) and two layers of cotton/polycotton. While cotton and polycotton serve as a mechanical barrier, the silk serves as an electrostatic barrier filtering out more very fine aerosol particles. All masks have an enclosed shapeable nose wire and are designed to fit the face snuggly. A large variety of colours and fabric patterns are available. Order via bit.ly/upcyclemasks or now call into Shed 7D/50 Clyde Street, Hamilton North to select your own and purchase from available stock.
Upcycle Newcastle are also selling kits with all you need to sew your own mask at home: Double layer $6; triple layer $9. A free pattern and video of how to make your own is on their website.
Make your Own Mask
If you (or a friend or family member who is skilled at sewing) want to make your own homemade cotton mask, check out the Drifta YouTube video.
Upcycle Newcastle also have a free pattern and instructions to make your own double layer cotton face mask. Cathy from Upcycle Newcastle advises that it is more complicated as it has been designed to sit further away from the mouth and nose to minimise dampness.
What Should I Look For in a Reusable Mask?
Dr Jessica Stokes-Parish from the University of Newcastle provides some tips on choosing a reusable mask.
- Look for something with a minimum of 3 layers
- Select something with a mix of fabrics (cotton & polypropylene, cotton & polyester)
- If using cotton only, use a high-thread count (120+)
- If using cotton only, use a minimum of 4 layers
- Avoid stretchy fabrics
- Don’t fall for marketing gimmicks like copper or silver threads
- Don’t use a mask with a valve – these are for air pollution, NOT viral particles. The valve will allow viral particles out, which is what we don’t want.
She also recommends, when using the mask to:
- Wash daily in warm soapy water
- Use hand hygiene prior to and following applying/removing the mask
- Store it in a sealable bag between uses when you’re out and about so that you’re containing any particles
How to Wear a Mask
Learn how to put on and carefully take off a mask from Dr Jessica Stokes-Parish from the University of Newcastle.
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